University of Alberta Research Experience (UARE) Winter Program

What is the UARE program?

The University of Alberta Research Experience (UARE) is a research internship program allowing top senior undergraduate students from key partner universities to conduct research at UAlberta under the supervision of faculty members who are experts in their field.

Students gain hands-on, practical research experience in their academic discipline and receive a stipend of $6,000 CAD.

When are UARE Winter placements available?

Research placements last a period of 12 weeks and typically take place:

  • January through March

Exact internship dates are dependent on the flexibility of the supervising professor.

>>>View the 2018 Winter UARE Projects Here<<<

Placement Process

Timelines for UARE Winter 2018

UARE Research Project Submission Deadline for UAlberta Professors

July 16

Students from Partner Institutions Apply to UARE Projects (Posted on Webpage)

July 24 - August 27 (extended)

Deadline for UAlberta to receive  academic references

September 3rd

Preliminary Eligibility Screening of Applicants to UARE Projects

August 27 - September 10

Ranking of Eligible Applicants by UARE Research Project Supervisors

September 10 - September 24

Internship Offers Sent to Selected Applicants

(NOTE: offer will expire if no confirmation is received within 1 week!)

September 25 - October 20

Immigration Instructions and Required Documentation Sent to Selected Applicants

October 13 –October 31

Program Events for UARE Winter 2018

Winter Cohort

*dates are subject to change

Interns arrive and receive individual orientations at International Services Centre

Upon arrival (typically January 2nd)

Welcome Session

January 10th (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Meet and Greet Luncheon

January 10th (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Presenting your Research

February 7 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Designing a Research Poster

February 14th (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Graduate Studies in North America and at the University of Alberta

February 28th (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Research Poster Symposium

March 14th (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Certificate Ceremony

March 14th (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)


Ideal participants will meet the following criteria:

  • Senior undergraduate students (3rd or 4th year).

  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at a designated partner institution (see below).

  • Have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 or B on a 4-point scale (or equivalent etc).

  • Past UARE participants are ineligible.

Designated Partner Institutions

Australia: University of Western Australia, University of Sydney

Brazil: UNICAMP, Universidade de São Paulo, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

China: East China Normal University, Fudan University, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University

Colombia: Universidad del Rosario 

Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Technical University of Munich, RWTH Aachen University

Ghana: University of Ghana

India: IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, University of Hyderabad

Korea: Seoul National University

New Zealand: University of Auckland

Peru: Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria

Singapore: National University of Singapore 

UK: University of Leeds

USA: University of Arizona

Program Highlights

University of Alberta International provides full support for participants before, during and after their placement. A formal one-on-one orientation, professional development seminars, academic networking opportunities, and a poster symposium are all offered to program participants.

Opportunities to participate in cultural and social events such as city festivals or day trips to nearby attractions are offered on a weekly basis. A trip to the Rocky Mountains is made available to every intern.

How to Apply

Follow these instructions to apply for an UARE internship:

  1. Review the available projects; UARE projects for the 2018 winter program will be posted on July 24th, 2017. Remember to check whether the project is open to students from your home institution (where you currently study), as well as whether your academic background relates to the area of research being pursued by the project.

  2. Complete the Application Form. You must indicate your project preferences, personal information, as well as provide contact information for 2 (two) academic references. These references will then receive a reference request email from the University of Alberta, which must be completed before the application deadline in order for your application to be considered.

    1. Applicants who are unable to access Google must fill out this PDF version of the Application Form, and email it, along with the rest of the required documents, to All other applicants who are able to access google must fill out the Application Form using google forms (linked above).

  3. Email the following documents (in PDF format), and named in the following format: DocumentName_YourName.pdf (ex: CoverLetter_JaneSmith.pdf; OfficialTranscript_JaneSmith.pdf), to

    1. Your Resume

    2. A scanned copy of your official transcripts. If your official transcripts are in a language other than English, please submit an official translated copy.

    3. For each project you are applying on, you must write a cover letter addressed to "Project Supervisor." Make sure that the title of the project is clearly indicated in the title of this document.

The application deadline for the 2018 UARE winter program is August 27th, 2017 (extended).

Only selected students will be contacted.



For Faculty: Post a Project & Host an Intern

Faculty members interested in hosting an intern during summer or winter should submit a proposal for a research project. Projects are accepted from all Faculties in all disciplines.

Why submit a proposal?

  • International exposure for your research.

  • Financial support for students ($2,000 commitment from the UAlberta faculty member or department; $4,000 is funded centrally for a total of $6,000). 

  • Support for graduate student recruitment.

  • Research project is showcased at a poster symposium.

  • Administrative and program assistance provided by UAI.

Notice for Arts professors: The Faculty of Arts has committed to funding up to 6 UARE research projects. Allocation is on a first come, first served basis.

Submitting a project

UAI is currently collecting projects from UAlberta faculty members for the 2018 winter UARE program. 

Complete the online form in order to submit a project. 

Please submit your winter projects by July 16th, 2017. 


U of A International will conduct the preliminary assessment of all applications after the August 27th deadline to ensure that they meet the minimum eligibility requirements (senior undergrad attending a partner institution, GPA of 3.0 or equivalent). The student’s home institution will then be asked to approve their application. 

On September 10th, UAlberta professors will be asked to rank all applicants that they would be interested in supervising (Deadline: September 24th). 

UAI will begin offering internships to selected applicants in September. Professors are copied on all offers and relevant correspondence with their candidates.